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51 % The Women's Perspective

51% Show #1349


On this week’s 51%, there’s a new site focusing on gender dynamics in the 2016 presidential race. Plus, a teen reporter equates a pop star with feminism; and young girls guess at what their future careers might be.

While eyes are on the 2016 presidential race in general, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University have launched Presidential Gender Watch 2016 to further understanding of how gender influences candidate strategy, voter engagement and expectations, media coverage, and electoral outcomes in the race for the nation’s highest executive office. I spoke with Adrienne Kimmel, who is executive director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation.

That was Adrienne Kimmel who is executive director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation. She was talking about Presidential Gender Watch 2016 , a project from the foundation and Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.  It is also on Facebook and Twitter, @GenderWatch2016  


Running the world is on the mind of teen radio journalist Lilli Carlsen. She traces how her journey to become a feminist directly corresponds to musical artist Beyonce’s lyrics. For many of the teens and twenty-something women Carlsen knows, Beyonce is an example of a woman who works to “have it all”. Carlsen reports for Open Orchard Productions at Palos Verdes High School in California. 

These girls neither mention feminism nor a race for the presidency when expressing their aspirations. Enjoy this amalgam of voices from Seattle's KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media.  

That chorus of career options might have reminded you of your list in, say, elementary school, college, or even now. For me, for some reason, a really fond, really early memory came to mind. 

That was the skit "Boy Meets Girl" as part of Free to Be You and Me. It was voiced by Marlo Thomas and Mel Brooks. 

And that’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. 

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